Wake-up Call for On-Campus Housing

Here is an article published earlier this spring in Inside Higher Ed with extremely pertinent information for anyone who deals with traditional on-campus student housing.

Based on the research forecast shown below by the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of students estimated to enroll at degree granting institutions is still expected to grow an additional 13% from 2012 to 2022. However, these students will be possibly be from a very different demographic than students who traditionally live in on campus housing – i.e. the 18-24 year old full-time undergraduates in four year institutions who comprise the preponderance of our on-campus housing residents.

As noted, in the next decade the 18-24 year old demographic is estimated to decrease 4% (compared to the 21% increase over the last decade), graduate enrollment will grow more than undergraduate, part-time enrollment will grow more steadily than full-time, and increased distance learning students due to improved technology could also be a factor in who will physically be on our campuses and choosing to live in our campus housing. These changes could profoundly affect our occupancies in our current housing offerings, so the On-Campus Housing profession would be well served to anticipate these changes both in current occupancy management and future renovation/building plans.

The Enrollment Slowdown by Doug Lederman February 28, 2014 WASHINGTON — Nearly three million more people will be enrolled in American colleges and universities in 2022 than were enrolled in 2012, according to Education Department projections released Thursday. That would represent a significant slowdown in enrollment growth over the next decade compared to the last one, but the projection is still aggressive given that the traditional college-age population is expected to decline over the same period. Projected Enrollments in U.S. Degree-Granting Institutions, 2012-2022 (in 000s)  

 

2012

2013

2016

2019

2022

% Change, 2012-2022

All students

20,968

21,216

22,076

23,025

23,888

13.9%

Men

8,998

9,070

9,216

9,493

9,796

8.9%

Women

11,970

12,146

12,860

13,533

14,092

17.7%

Full time

13,104

13,107

13,532

14,068

14,616

11.5%

Part time

7,953

8,109

8,544

8,957

9,273

16.6%

Undergraduate

18,006

18,187

18,848

19,634

20,399

13.3%

Graduate

2,962

3,029

3,228

3,392

3,489

17.8%

First-Time Freshmen

3,165

3,196

3,309

3,445

3,578

13.1%

Public 4-Year

8,045

8,131

8,443

8,790

9,120

13.4%

Public 2-Year

7,033

7,125

7,420

7,755

8,048

14.4%

Private 4-Year

5,455

5,521

5,757

6,003

6,223

14.1%

To read the full article: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/02/28/us-projects-college-enrollment-grow-14-through-2022#ixzz2ueU8OkJZ  shill